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ETM-LA Program Staff

Guest Presenters

Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin

Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin “Dr. Jackie” is an accomplished educator, author and dynamic speaker!  She has spent more than 30 years working in under-resourced communities, and through strategic community partnerships, has spearheaded the dramatic improvements of some of the toughest schools in Southern California. 

Dr. Jackie’s passion for community partnerships has led to over 350 partners that have invested in schools and communities in need! Her mission for community empowerment has had educators, CEO’s, executives, community leaders and philanthropists around the country clamoring to incorporate her model into their schools, businesses and foundations. 

She earned a B.A. Degree in Communications and M.A. Degree in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. She also earned a D.Min. in Ministry and Ed.D. in Education, Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Pepperdine University. She continued her education and attended ACSA Superintendents’ Academy and The Principals’ Center at Harvard University.  In 2020, Dr. Jackie was unanimously appointed as U.S. Chairman of the Executive Board of WE Charity. She is the 1st African American woman to hold that position! Over 25 years, she has dedicated her life to education as a Special Education teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Principal, Principal, College Professor and Executive Director of School and Community Relations. 

Dr. Jackie is a dynamic speaker, educator, author, activist, missionary and community ambassador. She an her team provide powerful workshops for so they can learn her WHY NOT formula for community empowerment and partnership development! Her life’s mission is to help others find innovative ways to empower their communities through the power of partnerships!

Kaity Cassio Igari

Kaity is a graduate student in Music Education at the University of Washington and elementary music specialist in Seattle, WA. Her research focuses on Culturally Responsive Teaching and professional development, and she holds certificates in Kodály and World Music Pedagogy. She regularly presents on topics of racial equity and curriculum in music education and is the co-author of upcoming articles on decolonial songwriting and anti-racist music education in the Journal of Folklore and Education and The Orff Echo. Kaity is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.


Angelica Rowell

Angelica Rowell is a singer, actress, and creative storyteller from the Bay Area. She graduated with a BM in Vocal Performance and a BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine and moved to Los Angeles shortly after to pursue her career in the arts. Angelica has a background in the musical direction of children ages 3-18 and has taught private voice lessons for years. Her passion lays in social activism through the arts and she aims to write, perform in, and share art that changes perspectives and opens minds. To learn more about Angelica visit,


Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts is Lecturer and Director of Music Teacher Preparation at the University of Washington, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. An elementary music teacher for 20 years, he has given workshops for music educators in over 40 states and provinces, on topics including World Music Pedagogy, the joy of singing games, and effective ways to promote in-tune singing. Christopher is the director of the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle and teaches Levels at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. Additionally, he was a founding instructor of the Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy. In 2018, his co-authored book World Music Pedagogy II: Elementary Music Education was published by Routledge.

Ryan Tolan

Ryan Tolan is the Principal of GLAD Academics. He is currently working with the Why Not? Incubator team as a Coach. In addition, Ryan is a Pastoral Assistant, Youth Leader, Mechanical Engineer, and has an extensive background as a STEM/Coding Expert.